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Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host public hearings this week in Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh on its proposed carbon regulations. Unfortunately, during EPA’s own conference call previewing the hearings earlier today, Administrator Gina McCarthy demonstrated just how out-of-touch the EPA is with the concerns of American consumers and businesses, leaving us questioning the true purpose and authenticity of the hearings.

 

“Even before public hearings begin on her agency’s highly contentious carbon proposal, Administrator McCarthy already has her mind made up about the fate of the rule. She rebuffed any possibility of extending the public comment period or expanding public hearings to states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Montana among others that will bear the costs of EPA’s NRDC look-alike,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “Administrator McCarthy clearly must only be listening to her friends in the environmental community, as she noted earlier today the ‘overwhelming support’ for flexibility these standards will offer while going so far as forecasting economic growth and prosperity, if implemented. The funny thing is she has yet to back up those claims with facts, and we all know that is probably because they simply don’t add up.”

 

During the call, Administrator McCarthy also claimed that we “don’t have to sacrifice a healthy economy for a healthy environment.” Contrary to this claim, however, the EPA’s proposal would reduce GHG emissions by less than one percent yet, according to the agency’s own biased analysis, cost Americans up to $8.8 billion per year. This is primarily because U.S. power plants produce only a small fraction of global GHG emissions—just four...

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